A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short
of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.

So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times.
If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES.”

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note.

I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.”

Our Heavenly Home

It’s amazing how much Abraham saw by faith. In Hebrews 11:10 it says that “he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

It’s fascinating to think that Abraham could look forward to heaven. I mean, he didn’t have the Bible. He had never heard of Jesus Christ. He didn’t know about the Holy Spirit. He didn’t know about the blood of the cross. Yet in the distance he could see heaven because of His faith in Almighty God.

I am amazed how many Christians don’t think about heaven much at all. We believers ought to be specialists in heaven. We ought to know everything there is to be known from the Scripture, and know by faith that’s exactly where we’re going. We have the Old and New Testaments that tells us all about heaven. It’s one of the glorious reasons we can celebrate that we know Jesus Christ! Study John chapters 10 – 14, for instance.

Jesus tells us heaven is our home. It’s made for us. He has prepared it. Let’s not be ashamed. Let’s talk about it with boldness. You’d be amazed how many non-believers want to know what heaven is all about, and how they can get there. Will you be the one to tell them? Will you try to reach your world?

The Red Wagon

It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco.
The pastor of the church was looking over the naivety when
he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures.

Immediately he turned and went outside where he saw a little
boy with a red wagon and in the wagon was the figure of the infant of Jesus.

So he walked up the the little boy and said,
Well, where’d you get Him, my fine friend?

The little boy replied , “I got him from the church.”

And why did you take him?”

The little boy replied,
Well about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if
he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride around the block in it

Willing to Go

Did you notice that Hebrews 11:9 says, “By faith Abraham made his home in the promised land.” Now remember, he was a stranger in a strange land, a foreign country. He lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Abraham’s home for the rest of his life was a tent. He could have built himself a permanent residence in Canaan, but the Lord didn’t authorize that. Abraham realized this world was not his home.

First John 2:17 says, “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” Let’s face it – the world and its beauty don’t last. But doing God’s will has eternal rewards.

Abraham lived in tents to remind us that he held his possessions lightly, that he was willing to move anywhere, anytime. What about you? Are you so settled in your comfortable home, that you’re not open to what the Lord may want to do afresh with your life?

If the Lord said, “I want you to move to Minsk, Russia, to share the Good News” would you say, “Sorry, Lord, I can’t sell my house. I like it. I’m comfortable here. I couldn’t move out of here”?

Abraham was willing to go wherever, whenever, and we should be willing to do the same. Look at the rewards.

Lazy Son

It was 5:00 a.m and the father went to his son Shawn’s bedroom door, knocked and said,
Son, it’s time to get up. Jump in the shower and we’ve got to leave ASAP to catch any fish.”

Soon it was 5:30 and dad had the coffee brewing, the boat hooked up and he just finished
packing the truck, when he noticed Shawn still wasn’t up.

Furious the dad pounded on his son’s bedroom door a second time and yelled,
Jesus rose from the dead and you can’t even get out of Bed!”

To which the son replies, “Yeah, but it took Jesus three days!!”